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History of Rabun County Told Through Photographs
Husband and wife, Vickie Leach Prater and George H. Prater, team up on new local book featuring this Georgia county.
On this visual journey documenting the history of Rabun County, vintage souvenir postcards span decades, showing adventurous visitors who descended into the gorge, hiked to waterfalls, and climbed mountains, as well as how hardworking early settlers built their communities. Follow the development of the county from the construction of Tallulah Falls Railroad to the building of hotels, boardinghouses, and summer camps.
Communities grew, declined, and grew again as dams were constructed to harness the Tallulah River, which reshaped the land and created Lake Burton, Lake Rabun, Lake Seed, and Tallulah Lake.
Highlights of Rabun County:
• Faces of Rabun County
• Railroad expansion
• Summer camps
• Education and religion
• Damming the Tallulah River
George Prater, a Rabun County native, owns Prater’s Main Street Books in Clayton and is a former president of the Rabun County Historical Society. Vickie Prater has been buying and selling postcards for over 30 years through her company, Shiloh Postcards. The images within come from decades spent collecting historical local memorabilia.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or
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